Tips and Tracks for travel in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tips and Tracks for travel in Birmingham, Alabama.

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BIRMINGHAM TRAVEL TIPS

BIRMINGHAM TRAVEL TIPS

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Preparing for Your Trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Book Birmingham Hotel and Air Separately

It's like buying a TV with a built-in DVD player. If one component ends-up not working, then the unit as a whole doesn't work. Finding the ideal combination of, or making changes to a package deal, can be restrictive, difficult, frustrating and time-consuming. And just because most ads for package deals to Birmingham tout that you will save money, you may find otherwise. Also, you may get a better flight to Birmingham, without spending more, when you purchase your airline ticket to Birmingham separately. Yes, a Birmingham vacation package could be ideal, but we like to urge savvy travelers to check into the alternative. You can easily check Birmingham hotel room prices on i4birmingham.com when doing your research.

Packing for Your Birmingham Trip

Be sure to pack for the climate in Birmingham and also for the season. Bring breathable natural fabrics for hot weather, and layers that can be added or removed for cooler weather. Remember that summers and winters are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, with summer in December and winter in July.

Bring a Map of Birmingham

Don't leave home without it! If you don't know Birmingham well, it will be a huge advantage to buy a Birmingham map and look it over prior to your trip. You'll be surprised how much you remember about the major streets and areas of Birmingham once you've studied the map and gotten the big picture. It will help you get your bearings once you've arrived. Whichever attractions in Birmingham you want to see, you'll have a better idea of where they are from your hotel and how to get there. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for what to do in Birmingham. There might even be a map of Birmingham tourist attractions.

Check the Weather in Birmingham

Before you embark on your trip to Birmingham, search Birmingham weather on a search engine and find the 10-day forecast for Birmingham. It could help you decide which Birmingham tourist attraction to see and do on which day.

Taking a Computer to Birmingham

There are benefits of taking your computer with you on vacation, such as staying in touch with family and friends and making or canceling reservations on the go. Take advantage of the internet in your Birmingham hotel, or if unavailable, locate the closest internet cafe.

Birmingham Travel Journal

You may like to keep a small travel journal or notebook for your trip to Birmingham to jot down place names, dates and phone numbers of newly acquired friends. These reminders will also be useful if you'd like to blog about your trip to Birmingham after you return home.

When You Arrive in Birmingham

Check Your Room When You Arrive in Birmingham

Now, immediately, is the time to be sure you are happy with your room. If ANYTHING is bugging you, now is the time to ask for a different room or to have any issues cleared immediately. After you've spent the night, or even hours in your room, is NOT the time. Speaking of bugging you, it is a good idea to check the bed thoroughly. Yes, it can happen to any hotel, anywhere. Even the very best and very cleanest of hotels in Birmingham could fall victim because the critters can travel the world in people's luggage. So now you can unpack, order extra towels, look at prices on the room service menu and start enjoying Birmingham.

Restaurants in Birmingham

Isn't going out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner a favorite thing to do for just about everyone and especially when on vacation? You might want to actually think about your Birmingham restaurant route ahead of time to avoid - Where do you want to go? I don't know, where do you want to go?- To find a restaurant in Birmingham that suits your fancy each day, peruse the Birmingham Yellow Pages and ask friendly locals or other visitors for recommendations.

Things to do in Birmingham

You probably based your vacation trip to Birmingham because of what there is to see and to do in Birmingham. But it never hurts to check a little further in case there is an attraction you don't know about. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for What To Do in Birmingham. There might also be a map of Birmingham attractions. You know... the maps with the cute pictures on them. Just one more Birmingham souvenir to take home!

Dining Out In Birmingham

Don't be afraid to try regional cuisine in Birmingham. When dining out, ask about local Birmingham specialties. You'll find that locally sourced ingredients make for the freshest and tastiest meals, and you'll be paying a compliment to your host city in honoring their traditions.

Festivals in Birmingham

Local holidays in Birmingham may have an effect on the availability of some amenities or attractions, but local Birmingham festivals or parades will add to the enjoyment of your trip making Birmingham even more memorable.

Celebrations in Birmingham

No matter what time of year you're visiting Birmingham, there are amazing events to make your trip unforgettable. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Authority in Birmingham and ask for calendar of local events. This information may also be available on the website for Birmingham. This will help you plan your activities to include local festivities you would like to participate in.

Souvenirs from Birmingham

Don't forget the folks at home. Purchasing small souvenirs or gifts in Birmingham will save you money over airport gift shop prices, and will be appreciated by friends and loved ones who were unable to be with you in Birmingham.

Side-trips in Birmingham

Spontaneous side trips in Birmingham can be made with the help of your hotel concierge, or a local Birmingham travel agent. So don't worry about having to plan out every detail of your trip to Birmingham before you leave.

Must See Sights in Birmingham

If you are visiting Birmingham for the first time make sure you decide on the Must See Sights and plan your itinerary accordingly. Guide books on Birmingham can be an invaluable resource, listing directions, hours of operation and entrance fees.

Birmingham Transportation

Driving in Birmingham

If you plan to drive in Birmingham it's best to reserve your rental car in advance. Not only will you get the best rates, but you will be assured of a vehicle being available for you, rather than taking your chances upon arrival. Make note that speed limits and other rules of the road may vary in Birmingham and may differ from those you are accustomed to.

Public Transportation in Birmingham

Subways, commuter trains, trams, monorails, cable cars, taxis, buses and ferries are all modes of public transportation. Not only is it convenient when traveling, but usually it's an adventure! When traveling around Birmingham, you'll want to make the most of what is available and what might be, well...an adventure! Be sure to research Birmingham transportation online, in advance, or speak with the concierge at your hotel.

Taxis in Birmingham, Additional Birmingham Tips

When using taxis in Birmingham make sure they are legitimate and licensed. Public transportation in Birmingham is a viable alternative to taxis and will give you the opportunity to talk to locals who can give you pointers for great restaurants and side trips.

Medical Insurance in Birmingham

If your health insurance provider does not provide coverage for Birmingham, look into purchasing medical insurance for travelers so that you are covered in case of emergency.

Security in Birmingham Hotels

If your hotel room provides an in-room safe, be sure to use it for personal valuables and papers. Otherwise ask the hotel staff about safety deposit boxes. Always remember to thoroughly check all drawers, safes and closets before you leave your Birmingham hotel room so as not to leave anything behind.

Health Precautions in Birmingham

Waterless hand sanitizers are a boon to travelers, include travel size containers when you pack for your trip to Birmingham. These will come in very handy when eating on the go during your sightseeing adventures.

Safety in Birmingham

Use common sense when in Birmingham as you would anywhere. Don't draw unwanted attention by carrying excessive amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry. Avoid undesirable areas and stick with your group.

Prescription Medications in Birmingham

Be sure to bring with you to Birmingham any and all prescription medications. Pay close attention to airport security regulations for medications, your prescriptions must be contained in their original, clearly labeled containers. It's also a good idea to carry a list of your medications and wear a MedicAlert for any medical conditions.

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